New Backyard Garden Areas!

New Backyard Garden Areas!

Do you love working outside in the spring as much as I do? You’ve probably heard me say this, but I have so much fun creating special little areas within our yard that I can enjoy in spring and summer. It’s more manageable for me to focus on progress in small areas, as well as being so therapeutic!

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Today I am happy to show you two cute new spots in my yard!

When we added the new concrete steps and patio area, we ended up with an empty little niche next to our stairs (and I promise, the whole entire side yard makeover and back of house project we’ve been working on will be FINISHED and REVEALED with BEFORE and AFTERS in the upcoming weeks!).

New Backyard Garden Areas!
While it’s a tiny area, I knew it could be a really useful spot if it had a designated purpose. I was really intrigued with using the space for some sort of potting area for our cooking herbs. It even has a faucet for watering plants!

New Backyard Garden Areas!

When I saw this darling at IKEA, I knew it was exactly what I was envisioning for this space. The cart is also perfect for holding pots and supplies, too. And the little white “” is absolutely adorable, isn’t it?

New Backyard Garden Areas!
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Our cart will also be doubling as a serving cart for backyard entertaining! With the wheels we can easily roll it over to use by the BBQ, so it’s really going to be handy.

I love that this cart inspired helped us to turn an awkward, unused little area into a practical and cute destination.

New Backyard Garden Areas!

The second area I’ve been having fun with lately is a neglected spot I had been looking forward to working on for awhile. This plant stand with an and shelving from IKEA (the bench has a removable lid so you can use it for storage!) was just the inspiration I needed to get started on a new garden to enjoy!

New Backyard Garden Areas!

Our yard in general has so many established plants, but there are a few spots that I knew could be filled in a bit more. This particular spot is where a larger tree had been cut down at some point, so it was begging for something new to fill the space. I can’t wait to see it fill out with our new plants!

New Backyard Garden Areas!

This little area is now affectionately called Lily’s garden since she LOVES to sit out here and take in all the sights and scents. We used scented plants like lavender, lemon verbena, and honeysuckle so it really smells like a dream!

New Backyard Garden Areas!

The new bench and trellis with the shelf make this both a focal point and a functional space. It’s been great to have a spot out here to keep a few supplies and tools.

New Backyard Garden Areas!

One of my favorite things to plant in a garden is “steppable” plants that creep around stepping stones. I am pretty excited to finally have some flagstones! It will be fun to watch plants grow and fill in around them.

New Backyard Garden Areas!

New Backyard Garden Areas!

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I am also obsessed with all the white pots and accessories from IKEA, and the blue and white , too. They just look so fresh and pretty in the garden, don’t they? I love them so much I might use them to pot some indoor plants, too.

New Backyard Garden Areas!

New Backyard Garden Areas!

Isn’t this outdoor the sweetest? You could use it for a bouquet or plant, but I think even empty it looks super cute.

New Backyard Garden Areas!

Much better, yes?

New Backyard Garden Areas!
Lily is so happy we made this garden for her! She’s out here all the time.

New Backyard Garden Areas!

And in case you’re wondering, Jack loves playing nearby, too. :)

Stay tuned, I have lots more outdoor projects and spaces to show you, including the BIG side yard and backyard REVEAL coming right up!

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Drive By: Madison Park in Seattle

Drive By: Madison Park in Seattle

Hey friends and happy day after Mother’s Day!

After a long season of book writing and other things that have kept me especially busy this year, I have given myself permission to just slow down and rejuvenate a bit. It’s not the same as taking a real vacation (although I’d love to do that, too!), but it’s good to make the time and mind space to let myself just BE present in whatever moment will refuel me, rather than always being busy DOING what needs to be done (or what needs to happen to keep up with a deadline).

I love my job and have been beyond grateful for opportunities to do what I love for the past eleven and a half years, but there are definitely projects and seasons as a small business owner that are especially challenging to keep up with.

And when you are self-employed (or just ambitious!), if you have a lot of great opportunities for growth (which is a good problem to have!) it can be hard to take time for a real break in between projects. But as they say, you can’t pour from an empty cup so it’s important to fill back up.

So sometimes you just have to decide you’re going to guard that time for yourself, even if you have to slow down or even drop a few balls in order to get time away. I remember needing to give myself that same permission to take time for myself in so many seasons of life!

To be healthy, happy, creative and even productive, I think we need to keep regular rhythms between rest and work. Productivity can be so fun and very rewarding, but time alone, time with our favorite people, time to refresh, it’s all so important to our well-being.

It’s not always natural for me to slow the pace (especially since I love what I do!), but it’s so refreshing to have (make!) time to wander neighborhoods again just for fun, to sip coffee at a more leisurely pace, and even to just putter around the yard (yes, I can’t wait to show you how our yard is coming along! I have so much to show you!!!).

Yesterday I got to relax with my family doing some things I LOVE to do, it was a perfect Mother’s Day!

We started the day at Storyville (their almond milk latte is my favorite coffee in the world!), followed by a walk on Alki Beach in West Seattle. The sun was shining and it was absolutely gorgeous out!

Drive By: Madison Park in Seattle

Aren’t my kids cute? :)

After the beach we decided to head over to an area I enjoy driving and walking around. Madison Park is one of my favorite neighborhoods in Seattle! The homes and landscaping are so beautiful and inspiring. Several of the streets overlook Lake Washington so the views are stunning, too.

I will have to go back and take more photos, but I snapped a few to show you!Drive By: Madison Park in Seattle

Drive By: Madison Park in Seattle

  Drive By: Madison Park in Seattle

Drive By: Madison Park in Seattle

Drive By: Madison Park in Seattle

Drive By: Madison Park in Seattle

Drive By: Madison Park in Seattle

Drive By: Madison Park in Seattle

Drive By: Madison Park in Seattle

Drive By: Madison Park in Seattle

Drive By: Madison Park in Seattle

Drive By: Madison Park in Seattle

Drive By: Madison Park in Seattle

Drive By: Madison Park in Seattle

Drive By: Madison Park in Seattle

Drive By: Madison Park in Seattle

Drive By: Madison Park in Seattle

Drive By: Madison Park in Seattle

Drive By: Madison Park in Seattle

Drive By: Madison Park in Seattle

I can’t imagine a better way to spend the day, enjoying time outside on a lovely day with my sweet family (well, and drinking coffee and looking at houses, ha!).

Hope you are taking time to be present in moments that refuel you, too, sweet friend!

What have you been doing lately to make time for yourself?

Drive By: Madison Park in Seattle

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